News Clips for July 11 & 12, 2019

Teen males who avoid parenthood through abortion have better socioeconomic future, study says

A new study from the University of Utah is taking a first of its kind look at the impact of abortion on teenage boys, suggesting teenage males, whose partners have chosen to have an abortion, may have a better socioeconomic future.

Silicon chip breaks "blackbody limit" to produce more electricity from heat than thought possible

Energy conservation is a no-brainer and more important than ever, but it's not just about environmental implications. If we're to successfully create smaller, better, more efficient technology, then the thermal energy that our gadgets waste needs to be put to much better use. This new device, which works at the nanoscale where the theoretical "blackbody limit" falls apart, could be the answer. Also carried in ZME Science, PV Magazine, EIN.

Asleep at the wheel: How a secret study on Utah's roads could be putting drivers at risk

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Deseret News has found that research on self-driving cars is underway on I-80 between Salt Lake City and Wendover. In an exclusive, research assistants say the tests may be deadly.

This Green Earth - July 9, 2019 Dr. Rose Smith

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris learn about the latest research on the Salt Lake Valley's Jordan River, and the surprising results about where the water in the river comes from, and how it is impacted by nutrients from the community around it. Dr. Rose Smith, professor at the University of Utah joins Chris and Nell to share the details.

For Kids With Rare Condition, 'Restricted' Diets Can Turn Dangerous

Two young patients—one 3 and the other 13—have a rare condition that calls for a highly restricted diet. Both have so much trouble eating that they developed an eating disorder and required feeding tubes, a new report shows.

Team approach to cardiac care increases chance of surviving heart attack complications

When multidisciplinary health care teams were engaged in caring for patients suffering from refractory cardiogenic shock, a severe condition that can occur after a heart attack, the likelihood of survival increased significantly, by approximately 50%. The proof of concept study by investigators at University of Utah Health was published online in the July issue of Circulation.

Demonstrators protest, but inland port plan does not yet exist

With protest this week, you might think the Utah Inland Port project is on track to cause imminent danger—but on paper, a finalized port plan does not yet exist.

NAFC Animal Shelter using facial recognition app for lost pets

The New Albany Floyd County Animal Shelter is using a new, high-tech tool to help pet owners find their furry friends. The shelter announced this week that they are now using an app and website called Finding Rover, which uses facial recognition to identify lost pets. It is among more than 600 shelters that have partnered with the company to register animals to its system, and more than 700,000 animals are registered in the database. The service is free and available for anyone to use.

Targeting Oct1 Protein in T-cells Might Prevent Autoimmune Reactions, MS Mouse Study Finds

Targeting a protein found in immune T-cells called Oct1 may help prevent the misguided immune response seen in autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), a study shows. Most importantly, a lack of Oct1 does not influence the immune system’s ability to fight viral infections.